Perspectives on Teaching Conference

Upcoming Conference

Spring Perspectives on Teaching

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

The Centre for Teaching and Learning invites proposals for presentations at Spring Perspectives. The conference will focus on active learning strategies across the Faculties at Western, and we welcome submissions from instructors from all disciplines and teaching contexts. Presentations will focus on the use of active learning strategies in large, small, face-to-face, online, or blended learning environments.

We will engage in conversations around such questions as:

  • How do you use active learning to build community in your classes?
  • How do you give and receive meaningful feedback on your students’ learning by incorporating active learning?
  • What does effective active learning look like in your classes?   
  • Why do you incorporate active learning strategies in your classes and how did you begin?
  • What skills are your students developing and practising through active learning strategies?

Deadline for submissions: February 11, 2019

Conference Information


This event is open to all; however, it is designed with instructors in mind.

Offered annually

  • Fall Perspectives -  end of August
  • Spring Perspectives - beginning of May
    • Call for proposals announced  - December
    • Proposals due - February


Applies to following certificates

Western Certificate in University Teaching and Learning

What to Expect

Offered twice a year, Perspectives on Teaching is a full-day conference designed to showcase teaching innovations at Western, and introduce instructors to best practices in student-centered instruction which can enhance the student experience. Approximately 300 faculty, graduate student instructors and staff participate in each Perspectives on Teaching conference. The conference program typically includes a keynote address and 6-9 concurrent sessions.

Faculty members are invited to present innovative teaching approaches or research on their teaching during Spring Perspectives each year.  The call for proposals is typically announced in December.

Previous Conference Programs

Visit our Youtube Channel for video clips from past conferences.



"Garfield Gini-Newman's talk was fantastic. There were so many gems in it, that I'm planning on watching it again, when it is posted online. My take-away from the talk was the idea of making assessment transparent and placing it at the beginning of a lesson.  The second thing that I learned from him was the idea of creating critical thinking opportunities throughout- even in giant lectures- by problematising almost any topic. Loved this talk."
(Fall Perspectives, 2017 - Keynote by Garfield Gini-Newman, University of Toronto, on Teaching Critical Thinking)

"The keynote speaker addressed a topic that is highly relevant to all university educators. He provided a clear definition of critical thinking as well as many very practical examples and suggestions for implementation. I think the key was how practical it was -- I could easily imagine implementing strategies he suggested in my courses, and had several ideas for how to use the information in my courses during the talk.  
(Fall Perspectives, 2017 - Keynote by Garfield Gini-Newman, University of Toronto, on Teaching Critical Thinking)

"I was most captivated by the notion of "method knowledge" vs. "content knowledge" and was challenged to envision how that could be better incorporated in my own teaching. Being a part-time faculty member, I rarely have time to evaluate my 'pedagogy'; it was a great time to reflect, and be spurred into action!"
(Spring Perspectives, 2017 - Dr.Nancy Chick, University of Calgary, on Signature Pedagogies)

- "What I enjoyed the most about Dr. Chick's discussion was all the definitions of 'knowledge' and understanding the levels of knowledge. Understanding how different disciplines approach teaching allowed me to reflect on how my own discipline has a prescribed set of ideologies around teaching - especially within the foundational courses."
(Spring Perspectives, 2017 - Dr.Nancy Chick, University of Calgary, on Signature Pedagogies)